Northwest Community College

Interpreter Preparation Program

Mission | Faculty | Outcomes | Coursework
Mission
The Interpreter Preparation Program (IPP) ASL/ENGLISH is a program of study leading to an Associate in Science degree. The purpose of the program is to provide quality interpreter education in a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary endeavor, focusing on preparing interpreters and transliterators of ASL and English. The professional career program is a comprehensive, sequenced, and integrated series of courses that is intended to provide students with the necessary techniques and skills required for professional work as interpreters. Graduates are encouraged to continue with their education, however, by transferring to baccalaureate degree programs. Students already possessing a college degree may transfer in applicable credits to satisfy the General Education Requirements. NCCC has the only post-secondary degree program in interpreter preparation in Connecticut. IPP graduates who also pass the RID written test satisfy the Connecticut State Statute to interpret in certain settings. Please reference State of CT Amendment LCO No. 4839, Section 68 for details.

Program Prerequisites: To learn effectively to interpret between two languages, one must already be fluent in both languages and have a working knowledge of the two cultures she or he will mediate. Therefore, entrance requirements to the program are completion of ALL of the following courses: DSC* 110 Orientation to Deafness; DSC* 114 Intro to Deaf People & Deaf Culture I, and fluency in American Sign Language (usually the equivalent of 3-4 semesters) as evidenced by a screening tool. This is the suggested course sequence for full-time students who aim to graduate in two years

Faculty
Dr. Sarah Bement, sbement@nwcc.edu, 860-738-6382

Outcomes
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates should be able to:
1. Interpret meaning by striving to achieve dynamic equivalence of a message.
2. Communicate bilingually using English and American Sign Language.
3. Act biculturally, having sensitivity to and awareness of American Deaf culture.
4. Act ethically in applying the underlying principles of the RID Code of Professional Ethics.
5. Use appropriate business skills. 6. Educate others with information on Deafhood and available resources.

Coursework
SEMESTER 1
ENG* 101 Composition - 3 credit 
ASL* 201 American Sign Language III - 3 credit
ASL* 205 Linguistics of American Sign Language - 3 credit
INT* 103 Pre-Interpreting Skills - 3 credit
PHL* 111 Ethics - 3 credit
SEMESTER 2
ENG* 102 Literature & Composition OR BBG* 210 Business Communication - 3 credit
ASL* 202 American Sign Language IV - 3 credit
ASL* 206 Advanced ASL for Interpreters - 4 credit
INT* 121 Professional Standards in Interpreting - 3 credit
MAT* Mathematics Elective (MAT* 137 or higher) - 3 credit
SEMESTER 3
INT* 134 Educational Interpreting - 3 credit
INT* 113 Interpreting I: Consecutive & Transliteration - 4 credit
ANT* 101 SOC* 101 PSY* 111 Introduction to Anthropology OR Principles of Sociology OR General Psychology I - 3 credit
INT* 230 INT* 231 Interpreting w/ Special Populations OR Intro to Int. in Health Care Situations - 3 credit
ELECTIVE Natural Science Elective - 3/4 credit
SEMESTER 4
INT* 114 Interpreting II: Simultaneous & Transliteration - 4 credit
INT* 214 Advanced Interpreting: Sign to Voice - 3 credit
INT* 242 Interpreting Practicum and Seminar - 4 credit
ELECTIVE Social Science Elective - 3 credit
TOTAL CREDITS 61(62)